Second Court of Appeals

Week of April 12, 2021 

Summaries of Civil Opinions and Published Criminal Opinions Issued - Week of Week of April 12, 2021.

NOTE: Summaries are prepared by the court's staff attorneys and law clerks for public information only and reflect his or her interpretation alone of the facts and legal issues. The summaries are not part of the court's opinion in the case and should not be cited to, quoted, or relied upon as the opinion of the court.

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In re J.R., No. 02-21-00060-CV (Apr. 15, 2021) (Wallach, J., joined by Birdwell and Bassel, JJ.).

Held: The trial court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction to enter an order on the dismissal date purporting to extend the dismissal deadline where the dismissal date had arrived without the trial court’s commencing trial or extending the dismissal deadline.  Once the trial court’s jurisdiction had terminated, the trial court had no discretion to do anything but dismiss the case as a ministerial act.